Solar Powers Water

Now, I like this!  Renewable, modern technology energy being paired with the cleaning of water.   

Sandra Chaloux is the president of Chaloux Environmental Communications, Inc.

Sandra Chaloux is the president of Chaloux Environmental Communications, Inc.

Fellow energy blogger Sandra Chaloux reviews some interesting information from Water Technology Magazine is her entry on July 18.  The story is about a municipality and their decision to integrate a solar power system to provide energy for their wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).

Check out her post at Chaloux Environmental Communications …    

Water to Stay on for Maryland County outside Washington, D.C.

IX Power Water Machines, OrganiClearGood news for Prince George’s County in Maryland:  While they are still going to be under water restrictions for a while – no lawn watering, car-washing, and they have to limit their showers and toilet flushes (pew in this weather!) –  they will at least have some water and shouldn’t be totally without for five whole days more or less!  

Yes, good news, but America’s lost the chance to see what’s it’s like to live without running water.   See earlier post on this subject below.

Still – maybe this incident will serve as a real wake-up that we have a dangerously aging infrastructure and while no one wants to pay higher taxes, it’s way past time to do something about it.  Taxes for infrastructure just need to be presented like a 2 x 4 across the butt:  We all pay up, or wake up one day to no water or electricity.  I’d rather pay up in advance.  What about you?

Water: Now U.S. Gets a Taste of Going Without (and in a Heat Wave!)

Thousands in Maryland are frantically preparing to lose running water for as much as five days

We have it so good here.  Really.  Yes, it’s true.  Here in the section of the U.S. that stretches from about the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast, we are having a heat wave.  It’s not THAT hot compared to say, Arizona, or maybe Death Valley! – but when you factor in the humidity, it’s miserable.  (And I thought I was escaping the relentless steam bath I endured in Orlando, by moving to Northern Virginia.  Ha!)

However, it’s still not so bad.  Most folks seem to have air conditioning or some access to it.  And, there’s plenty of water to drink, swim in, take refreshing showers in, etc.

Until Now.   Splashing water on white.  Splash of water on a surface.

Now, a part of Maryland that borders Washington, D.C. is about to see what it’s like to live like so many people have to outside of the U.S.  Thousands of folks living in Maryland’s Prince George’s County are going to have the water turned off to their homes and businesses.  The reason?  Our country’s notoriously aging infrastructure is rearing its ugly head. In this case, a 54-inch water main is beginning to fail, officials say, and they must shut down part of the system to replace it.  For as many as FIVE days.  And, this event affects not only regular businesses and homes.  It’s knocking out all the business at National Harbor, a popular resort and conference hotel area, and even Joint Base Andrews, the combo Air Force and Navy Base that’s the home of Air Force One. The media is full of advice on which pots and pans to fill up, how much each person will need, etc. but there is no getting around the fact this is going to be a BIG PAIN IN THE NECK for a bunch of Americans, and a good deal that serve our federal government.

Maybe it’s good however, for two reasons:IX Power LLC is offering new clean water technologies

Maybe, just maybe, it will help highlight the issue of our infrastructure, which is literally decrepit in many areas.

And, # 2:  Some folks are going to get a taste of what it’s like to live without running water.

True, no one in Maryland is going to have to walk two miles in bare feet in 100 degree temperatures with a gallon of questionable water on their head like folks must in Africa, Asia, South America and even parts of Mexico.  But, maybe it will help open some eyes in this country about the urgency of the water scarcity situation on this planet. There’s nothing like going without yourself, to bring home others’ suffering.

We simply don’t have enough water on this planet. The total usable freshwater supply for humans and ecosystems is only around 200 000 km3 of water – less than 1 percent of all freshwater resources. According to the United Nations, water scarcity already affects almost every continent and more than 40 percent of the people on our planet. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions.  To look at it another way, we are over-consuming our natural resources at an unsustainable rate. Scientists at the U.N. say that around 3.5 planets just like Earth would be needed to sustain a global population achieving the current lifestyle of the average European or North American. And realize – everyone on the planet pretty much is striving to live like we do. Fat, happy and with plenty of water.

IX Power Water Machines, OrganiClearSo, what are we going to do about it?

At IX Power we’re working on new ways to clean “produced” water – the water from oil & gas extraction and processing. We have a new way to clean it for use in irrigation, and by livestock and humans. That’s one of our particular water niches. But, we can’t do it alone. More effort by other labs, companies, and government entities needs to be put into finding solutions for the growing problem of water scarcity.

In Maryland, I expect their short-lived water incident will build some, albeit temporary, empathy and sympathy for those who are already without water. But what happens when the water is turned on again?  Worse yet, what happens when the water crisis is no longer a temporary event for Maryland?  For the rest of the U.S.?

International Women’s Day is Friday, March 8 – Concerns about Water, Literacy & Violence

Friday, March 8, is International Women’s Day.   It seems to me, unfortunately, that women in the United States do not observe this important date as much as we should.  Maybe it’s because, even with the inequalities that remain in our country, we still have it pretty good — good enough to make us complacent and forgetful even, of how much we have to be grateful for and celebrate.

But as the “lucky ones,” relatively speaking, I think we owe it to our sisters in other parts of the world that don’t have it so well, to observe this day and do something to help those women with less opportunity.

From my travels, experience, reading and just years of life on the planet, three of the things that strike me as core issues for women today, particularly in countries with emerging economies are:

*  Water (and subsequently health)    

*  Literacy / Education

*  Violence         

International Women's Day March 8 2013 - will these girls have a future as adult women? Will they even survive to become women?

International Women’s Day March 8 2013 – will these girls have a future as adult women? Will they even survive to become women?

Lack of Clean Water – and therefore health

Of the 1.3 billion people living in abject poverty, the majority are women and children. With this poverty, most often comes a lack of access to clean water.  In addition to the physical harm that comes with having to carry heavy loads of water (and its often not even somewhat clean water) long distances, women in poor regions with no access to running water lose a lot of time – time to take care of their children, educate themselves and their children, and time to to spend on a livelihood to improve their lot in life.

But, they also lose their health, which continues the cycle of poverty because they are too sick to work at jobs or raising food.

According to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), “37% per cent of the developing world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack improved sanitation facilities, and over 780 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kills and sickens thousands of children every day, and leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for thousands more.  

The majority of people living in poverty are women and children.

The majority of people living in poverty are women and children.

In fact, every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That’s 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.  

Poor sanitation, water and hygiene have many other serious repercussions. Children – and particularly girls – are denied their right to education because  their schools lack private and decent sanitation facilities. Poor farmers and wage earners are less productive due to illness, health systems are overwhelmed and national economies suffer. Without WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), sustainable development is impossible.”

 Violence Against Women 

It is when trying to transport water to their villages on unprotected trips down to water sources that women are often subjected to violence via regional conflict. This violence against them often involves sexual brutality and horrendous acts. But, one of the biggest segments in violence against women is domestic violence. Statistics from the United Nations state that in far too many countries 7 in 10 women can expect to be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes. Aside from the obvious results – death or obvious injury – this violence can result in physical, mental, sexual, reproductive health and other health problems, and may increase vulnerability to HIV.  

The World Health Organization has concluded that violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women – are major public health problems and violations of women’s human rights.  A World Bank report, which estimates that more women aged 15-44 are killed violently than die of malaria, HIV, cancer, accidents and war combined.

Studies have shown that for both perpetrator and victim, attitudes accepting of violence and gender inequality, and low education or illiteracy, play a major role in the problem.

Illiteracy

Which brings us to illiteracy.  In my neighborhood, we just celebrated the opening of the new long-awaited Gum Spring Library. On the first day over 6,500 people visited the library – many of those were women and couples with young children. More than 14,500 materials were checked out the first weekend. But, in way too many countries, a library – even the ability to read – is a luxury people will never live to see.  And this lack of literacy fosters not only conditions that lead to violence, but help to keep women, and men, in a cycle of poverty that includes a lack of access to clean water, which makes people sick and keeps them from working to pull themselves out of that poverty.

In spite of the fact that most development agencies identify women’s literacy as the single most important factor in development, one out of every three women in the world cannot read and write. And, in some countries, men would like to keep it that way.  Remember the attack in October by the Taliban on 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai for her attempts to promote girls’ education in Pakistan. 

Lack of water. Violence. Illiteracy.  They are intertwined in keeping women around the globe from achieving their potential and contributing to the betterment of the human race, the environment, and the planet.

On Friday, March 8, please observe International Women’s Day – make a vow to take a step – even just one small one within the next week – for the benefit of a woman somewhere who’s suffering, and for women everywhere. Make a donation, write a Congressman, talk to your daughters or a class at school or church about women’s issue such as domestic violence … if we all did SOMETHING, we could make a difference 

Read more at the following web sites:

Amnesty International   

International Center for Research on Women      

UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women     

World Health Organization    

CNN – “interesting story on women by the numbers” 

Europe’s Water Policies a Mess says London School of Economics

 

Water prices going up?  

Snow, but not enough water in Europe!

You may think Europe has enough clean water. After all, they get a bunch of snow every year! But, that doesn’t mean they have enough good old H2O …

As the planet struggles with the fair distribution of clean water for all, and the cleaning of dirty water, it’s inevitable!  In Europe, they have a problem that must be dealt with immediately.

IX Power’s expert on all things Europe, Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan, has found another interesting article to share on the topic of the coming price of water.

Please visit the London School of Economics & Political Science blog   

The High Costs of Free Water

Although communities pay to have water IX Power Clean Waterdelivered to them, the actual WATER has been FREE thus far. But maybe not for long. Take a look at this story that Dr. Ned Swan, U.K. Managing Director and International General Counsel at IX Power Ltd found recently. It really does make you think … click below …

The High Costs of Free Water

Be sure to visit Dr. Swan’s LINKEDIN Group “Water Market” for other news . . . 

Dr. Edward Swan, IX Power

Dr. Edward Swan, IX Power

Matt Damon on “Toilet Strike” for Clean Water

Well, it certainly isn’t a very practical idea, but you must give Matt and his team credit for thinking up his “Toilet Strike” as a creative and attention-getting way to get people to recognize the great clean water inequity that exists here on Mother Earth.  I mean, so MANY people do not have access to clean water or even dirty water at all…

Matt Damon on strike for clean water

Matt Damon, star of the “Bourne” movies, is on strike for clean water.

According to the United Nations, today 2.5 billion people, including almost one billion children, live without even basic sanitation. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That’s 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.

That’s why at IX Power Clean Water, we’re working to develop technologies that can turn otherwise un-usable water resources into clean water that can be safely used by people, livestock and in agriculture.  Let’s end the unnecessary suffering, let’s fix this problem!

We’re with you Matt …!  We agree providing clean water for everyone is probably the single most important project that civilization can take on.

Unfortunately, I doubt any of us can “hold it” like you. But, we’ve signed up for the strike program and we’re with you in spirit, man.  We are with you in spirit …

To join the strike, if only in spirit, click here.

Story in Los Angeles Times

Matt Damon’s Water.org web site

U.N. Statistics on Water

IX Power Announces Members of Company Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, 25 July 2012 – IX Power LLC, the technology transfer company specializing in commercializing safe power and clean water technologies from U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, has announced the composition of its company Advisory Board. CEO John R. Grizz Deal said that the following industry experts had been appointed: Mr. Alun Cole, Esq., Dr. Carol Bell, Dr. Robert Bednarz, Mr. Michael Crawford, and Mr. David Suratgar. The members will assist the management team in a variety of ways, including assessment of technology options, development of new technologies, and utilization of breakthrough innovations.

“We are privileged to have a board with a unique breadth of experience and talent,” said Deal. “Each member is a leader in their respective industry and all have a dynamic understanding of the international opportunities for the development of the clean water and safe power products we are taking to market. The contributions of the team will play an important role in IX Power’s mission of becoming a leading provider of safe power and clean water solutions for use in community, industry, government, and military applications.”

Robert Bednarz, PhD, an esteemed professor at Texas A&M University, is a recognized global expert in economic geography; and Carol Bell, PhD, is the former Managing Director of Chase Manhattan Bank’s Global Oil & Gas Group. Alun Cole, a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, is a highly-regarded attorney with extensive experience in international capital development. Michael Crawford, a partner at Denver-based Q Advisors, is continuing a notable career in investment banking that has allowed him to work in a diverse set of industries; and David Suratgar, Chairman of BMCE Bank International and has served as senior legal counsel at the World Bank and as special legal advisor to the Bank of England and the European Investment Bank. All have been widely published and have served on the boards of distinguished organizations around the globe. 

More detailed information about them can be obtained at http://ixpower.com/about/advisory-board/.

IX Power is working to develop and bring to market a number of ground-breaking technologies that originated from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. An example of one of the technologies is the IX Power OrganiClear system that removes dangerous organic hydrocarbons from water produced by oil & gas, mining, and industrial processes without creating a hydrocarbon waste stream.

The founders of IX Power, comprised of John R. (Grizz) Deal, Randall Wilson, L. Robert Libutti, Otis “Pete” Peterson, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell, are renowned for their commercialization of the Hyperion Power SMR (small, modular nuclear power reactor) from LANL that is safe and small enough to be transported on the back of a truck. Today, under their new company IX Power, their interests have been expanded to include every type of clean energy technology — wind, solar, bio fuels, geothermal, and nuclear. The company and its non-profit foundation are based in Los Alamos, New Mexico and have offices in Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and London, England.

 

— IX —

 

IX Power’s new OrganiClear™ Clean Water Technology to Debut at TVC’s Deal Stream Summit April 3-5

IX Power will present OrganiClear at TVC's Deal Stream Summit

IX Power will present OrganiClear at TVC's Deal Stream Summit

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, February 21, 2012 – A unique new technology and system for handling hazardous “produced water,” a troublesome

by-product of the oil and gas industry will be presented by Los Alamos-based IX Power at Technology Ventures Corporation’s (TVC) Deal Stream Summit April 3-5, 2012.

IX Power’s OrganiClear™ technology incorporates a new process created at Los Alamos National Laboratory to clean produced water of dangerous carcinogenic organic hydrocarbon compounds that have the potential to cause illness and birth defects.

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Hyperion Founders Launch IX Power LLC

 

 IX Power LLC is offering new clean water technologiesCan’t keep good news hidden for long …!                                            

To read Kevin Robinson-Avila‘s report in the New Mexico Business Weekly on the launch of IX Power LLC,

click here 

 http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2012/02/15/hyperion-founders-launch-ix-power-llc.html